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Comment: Re:It's about the PR, not the Hacking (Score 2) 270

by Kernel Kurtz (#49494919) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

He's never really tested any of his theories on real equipment

That you know of. Looks like they don't want him testing anything in the real world or not..

Never worked for Boeing, Airbus or any avionics manufacturer.

They appear to not want anyone looking for vulnerabilities in their systems either.

Has never demonstrated any successful attack

I'm guessing the first person who does will not do so in a friendly way. And everyone will pretend to be surprised.

Comment: In other news.... (Score 3, Informative) 143

An Australian-led analysis of satellite data has found the amount of carbon sequestered in plants has risen by almost four billion tonnes since 2003, reflecting a surge in the biomass of global flora — possibly the first such increase since the Industrial Revolution..........

Comment: Re:Should be damaging (Score 1) 437

by Kernel Kurtz (#49123215) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Of course the oil is going to get to market. People are deluded if they think this is going to stop the oil sands.

CALGARY Shipments of oil by rail from Western Canada are expected to more than triple in the next two years, as the sector heads into a severe shortage of pipeline capacity by next year, according to a new forecast by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


At the right price point (admittedly not right now) even trucks may become economical. I'm betting they would find a way to ship it by carrier pigeon before they would leave it in the ground. Makes no difference to me so long as there is no shortage.

Comment: Patch breaks Cisco Anyconnect VPN client too (Score 2) 136

Cisco opened a priority 1 case with Microsoft yesterday as soon as we found out about this issue. We are continuing to escalate this issue with Microsoft for a resolution timeframe. We recommend that all customers open their own cases with Microsoft since the ultimate fix will need to come from them. You can feel free to reference Cisco's case # which is 115021112390273 in order to expedite having your ticket properly triaged by their support team.

Comment: Re:Yay Canada! (Score 2) 231

Yes, in a perfect world only those who believe others should suffer as long as possible would be the ones who die slow painful deaths, but the world is not perfect, so it unfortunately happens to decent folks as well. We do treat animals better and that is a sad commentary on society.

Even more sad is the old laws forced some people to cut their lives short earlier - killing themselves when they are still physically able because they fear the day they won't be capable of doing it themselves.

Certainly tight controls need to be in place, but most important - and this was important even before this ruling - make sure your family and friends knows your wishes. Many people already have "living wills", I would suggest everyone should make sure their wishes are known before hand. It may not make for the happiest dinner conversation, but it is a conversation well worth having sooner rather than later.

Here is a template from our local health authority. You will find many others on the internet.

Comment: Re:better solution: don't make cars network-capabl (Score 1) 44

by Kernel Kurtz (#48965933) Attached to: BMW Patches Security Flaw Affecting Over 2 Million Vehicles

The user interface on phones suck.

LOL Not nearly as bad as the user interface on my BMW. Ever tried typing an address with a scroll wheel? And the voice recognition is no better.

It is illegal to use a handheld device in our cars around here, so I either use the much more distracting iDrive or risk the fine with the much easier to use phone. Does not make anyone safer, though.

Comment: Re:They said they weren't doing it.. (Score 2) 103

by Kernel Kurtz (#48928847) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Don't worry, in Trudeau's Canada he'll be bringing back the liberal style by knocking the teeth out of protesters personally and laughing at the use of pepper spray on them.

You're a fool if you think it's Harper that's the problem. The problem is Government.

I don't disagree. I'm not partisan and don't really like any of them.

Accordingly, I fully subscribe the politicians are like diapers theory.

Comment: Anyone know if Webview can be "disabled"? (Score 1) 579

I have a rooted phone running 4.3. I use Chrome for browsing, but realize other apps may use webview and be vulnerable. In fact they make it easy for developers to do so.

I'm wondering if I can simply disable it by deleting/renaming a library or something similar, or will that make the entire OS unstable? I don't care if it breaks apps - those would only the vulnerable ones anyway. Absent that, it looks like it is possible to remove access to individual apps through their manifest files.

But of course as I said that would break them.

I'm not a developer, but maybe a script that will search out all manifest files (as root of course) and neuter any vulnerable apps by altering them would be useful. Once you know which ones are broken you can set about safely fixing them.

Any thoughts?

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